A handsome, generously proportioned, and superb quality late Victorian walnut partners desk, having an inset leather top above an arrangement of 9 drawers to one side and three drawers and two cupboards to the other. All drawers are mahogany lined and feature their original ornate brass drop handles, locks by Hobbs & Co., and moulded edges to the fronts. The cupboards to the rear feature gothic style mouldings and ornate brass strap hinges. The centre drawer is stamped for the eminent London maker ‘Maple & Co.’.
The top of this desk separates from the pedestals for ease of transport.
Height 33″ (84cm) Width 60″ (152cm) Depth 39″ (99cm)
Kneehole Dimensions: Height 25″ (63cm) Width 24″ (61cm)
About Maple & Co.:
Maple & Co. were the pre-eminent furniture manufacturers and retailers of the Victorian and Edwardian periods. Their Tottenham Court Road premises in London was the largest furnishing store on the planet, manufacturing their own luxury furniture in a complex eventually so vast that by the 1880s it occupied an area where once stood 200 houses. They were timber importers, and exporters of furniture and fittings to all parts of the world.
Maples’ market was the middle class and upwards. They furnished palaces all over the world, including Tsar Nicholas’s Winter Palace, the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna, all the great hotels, and town and country homes. Prestigious British embassies were all furnished by Maples… even if it meant carrying the grand piano up the Khyber Pass on packhorses!
Condition and Details of Restoration:
This desk is in original and completely sound structural condition. The leather inset is marked and the gilded decoration has faded, but it would appear to be original. The polish has been refinished, by our own craftsmen, by hand in the traditional manner. There are minor old marks under the polish, but overall this desk is in excellent condition for its age.